Refurbished Fanad Head lighthouse officially opened, contributes to Ireland tourism boost

Published on : Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ireland tourismThe opening of the newly refurbished Fanad Head lighthouse has been welcomed by Fáilte Ireland as a vital contribution to the success of the Wild Atlantic Way and a boost for tourism in the north-west.


The lighthouse’s redevelopment was partly funded by €300,000 in Fáilte Ireland funding due to its status as a designated signature discovery point along the Wild Atlantic Way and its potential to truly showcase wild Atlantic moments and stories.


The lighthouse will offer visitors breath-taking and memorable experiences, telling the remarkable story of the sea, lighthouses past and present and the maritime and seafaring history of Ireland.


Speaking at an official ceremony today (April 29) to open the newly refurbished lighthouse, Fáilte Ireland CEO, Shaun Quinn said, “We, in Fáilte Ireland, were more than happy to invest in the refurbishment of the lighthouse. While the scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way can speak for itself, we are anxious for communities along the western seaboard to tell their stories and attract visitors – and to persuade them to spend more time and money in places such as Fanad.”


The restoration works include an interpretation area in the lighthouse to give visitors the history of the lighthouse, the Fanad story, as well as the stories of marine life and nearby ship wrecks. A permanent exhibition will include; lighthouse keepers’ records/log books; semaphore flags; replacement lights and old light systems; historical maps; stories and anecdotes from Fanad Head. Furthermore, on a more practical note, a new visitor facility added to the lighthouse will allow for greater numbers of visitors, providing as it does a reception and display area, an exhibition area and other services.


Quinn pointed out that the project was a perfect fit for the Wild Atlantic Way and tied in with Fáilte Ireland’s plans to develop Donegal tourism.


The lighthouse will also feature in the Commissioners of Irish Lights ‘Shine a Light on Summer Festival’ which takes place this weekend and which also received funding from Fáilte Ireland.


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